UPDATED – 6:37 a.m, ET.
The Los Angeles Fire Department has confirmed that a pipe has burst, and 50,000 gallons of crude oil are now spilling into the streets of L.A.
According to NBC Los Angeles, the oil was was seen "shooting upward in the sky" and onto the nearby businesses, including the Gentlemen's Club, a local strip club.
The LAFD said that the Gentlemen's Club was evacuated.
The incident occurred in the Atwater Village area at 5175 West San Fernando Road.
The oil is apparently knee-deep in some areas, and has affected some local, commercial businesses.
The oil line has reportedly been shut off and no one has been injured.
Cate Sevilla is the UK managing editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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